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Old 09-08-2010, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Don't touch it with your bare hands though; it's caustic.
Also, please don't use it anywhere near a drain that leads to the local rivers. It's toxic. That's why so many communities rely on sand and other snow melt products. It's also why cars in cities like Buffalo and Cleveland look so trashed and badly rusted after they're just a few years old. Salt really does a number on a car.
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Old 09-08-2010, 05:53 PM
 
Location: somewhere
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Also, please don't use it anywhere near a drain that leads to the local rivers. It's toxic. That's why so many communities rely on sand and other snow melt products. It's also why cars in cities like Buffalo and Cleveland look so trashed and badly rusted after they're just a few years old. Salt really does a number on a car.
Can I just use sand? I would swear there is a sign over by the drain on our street that has something on it about what drains in there.
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Old 09-08-2010, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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Can I just use sand? I would swear there is a sign over by the drain on our street that has something on it about what drains in there.
I think sand works very well in most situations, especially in the more southern and eastern parts of Nova. Out where Styx is, in the NW part of Nova and closer to the mountains, snow can be more of a problem than it is for the rest of us.

As for the woolly bear--if he says it'll be wintery but also milder than last year, that's good enough for me. I'm a believer!!! I've been watching woolly bears for years and I can't help but notice they have a better prediction rate than the weatherguys.
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Old 09-08-2010, 06:57 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Oh drat, now I have to scour my yard. Last year I found one without a stripe ... turned out to be prophetic.

As far as planning, please look to pet-friendly de-icing ... a client reminded me last winter that there are many products that don't damage pets .. or cement.

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Hey guess what--I just saw my first Woolly Bear of the season, and this year they have stripes. Not super thick, but a lot thicker than last year!

(If you're new to the area, be sure to check out our local "weatherguy" the Woolly Bear. The one I saw today had a stripe about half the size of the ones in the photo in this thread. So, that means we'll get a cold winter but nothing like we had last year.)

Woolly Bears
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Old 09-09-2010, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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Aren't these things moths?
Yup! After their stint as weather forecasters, the woolly bear becomes the pretty little Isabella Tiger moth. Of course, last winter so many people got mad at them... so a lot probably became Woolly Bear Stew!
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Old 09-09-2010, 04:07 PM
 
Location: In the woods
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Also, please don't use it anywhere near a drain that leads to the local rivers. It's toxic. That's why so many communities rely on sand and other snow melt products. It's also why cars in cities like Buffalo and Cleveland look so trashed and badly rusted after they're just a few years old. Salt really does a number on a car.
Caladium has a point here. As far as rust and cars, that's the other thing I do during the winter out of habit: take the car to a car wash and make sure the chassis gets washed!
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Old 09-09-2010, 04:11 PM
 
Location: In the woods
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I think sand works very well in most situations, especially in the more southern and eastern parts of Nova. Out where Styx is, in the NW part of Nova and closer to the mountains, snow can be more of a problem than it is for the rest of us.
Good observation Normie. Part of the rock-salt use is from my upbringing when we had really tough winters. And that my father was in the military and made sure everyone and everything in the house was prepped for a catastrophe . . . or on a lesser scale--a big snowstorm.

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... a client reminded me last winter that there are many products that don't damage pets .. or cement.
Another good point. I think there's stuff now that is a combination of sand-salt. My new/old house in Winchester has some concrete areas that are rather worn so I have to be careful with the salt-stuff this winter. In fact, since I need to purchase some salt I'm going to see what's available now.
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Old 09-09-2010, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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Don't touch it with your bare hands though; it's caustic.
...and tasty.
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Old 09-09-2010, 06:38 PM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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We were at Home Depot the other day and I saw their selection of snow blowers. Given my age (55) and last year's record snow fall I admit I stood there for 10 minutes just thinking how nice it would be to have one of those, just in case...
LOL, and have you noticed how much bigger the snowblowers are this year? I was looking at them at Sears today and the little "Virginia sized" models were off to the side. It was the humongo serious looking machines that were center stage.

It's all good as far as I'm concerned. I believe in Murphy's Law--if we all buy way too much it'll guarantee we get hardly any snow at all.
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Old 09-09-2010, 07:45 PM
 
Location: somewhere
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LOL, and have you noticed how much bigger the snowblowers are this year? I was looking at them at Sears today and the little "Virginia sized" models were off to the side. It was the humongo serious looking machines that were center stage.

It's all good as far as I'm concerned. I believe in Murphy's Law--if we all buy way too much it'll guarantee we get hardly any snow at all.
Please everyone go buy to much snow equipment, I don't mind alittle snow but would prefer not to see snow like Feb brought.
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